1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims…..
I haven’t done lots of traveling in my life, but when I have taken trips packing is a big deal. There are lots of things that provide comfort and ease of living at my home, but when I am traveling, most of these things must be left behind. Whether traveling by car or by plane, there is limited space to bring belongings along. So I must pack the things that I feel are most necessary for the place I’m going. The more things I bring with me, the more cumbersome toting them around becomes. Those who travel frequently learn to pack light. It just makes the trip easier. The trip is only temporary and we will return to our home soon. Oh if we could learn this lesson as believers regarding our life. We aren’t home. When we get home we will have comforts and pleasure in the heavenly glory such as we could not have imagined. We will not be lacking a single thing. But when we live on this earth as though this is all there is, as though it is preeminently important in this life to acquire and obtain for ourselves more and better comforts and pleasures, we will inevitably find our pilgrimage through this life encumbered and our life in God choked out. Even Solomon, gifted with exceeding wisdom by God and wealthy beyond what we can imagine, wrote about the vanity of acquiring things (Ecclesiastes 5)
We are sojourners and pilgrims traveling through this life. We are just passing through. Whatever we acquire here must be left behind when we graduate to heaven and frequently those things become the subject of quarrels among those whom we leave behind. Many of our precious treasures may be sold or given away to strangers. All the things we labored for and lived for in this life will testify against us in the next.
It is good for us to learn to travel light through this world. If we store up treasures, let it be those that will await us in heaven.